Durham, NC

Durham Parks and Recreation Presenting Light Show To Celebrate July 4th Weekend

Alyssa Atkinson

Get the full details of the special event below.

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It's no secret that July 4th weekend is widely celebrated with a (literal) bang in the United States. People come together to grill out, watch the fireworks at night, and listen to those loud booms followed by glittering lights which brighten up the night sky. Those glimmers of light are often followed by by "oohs" and "ahhs" from the crowd.

While each city features its own unique touches to celebrate the holiday, most events feature one commonality - lights.

Interestingly, Durham Parks and Recreation is featuring their own unique celebration of July 4th with a laser light show, which is already open for registration.

Although I have never been to any sort of laser light show for the fourth of July, I have attended many evening fireworks showings, especially when I was younger. These were some of my best summer memories, so I definitely think light shows are family fun activities that everyone can enjoy.

If the Durham laser light show sounds like a fun way to celebrate July 4th that you might be interested in, then read on to get more details about the upcoming event which will occur in early July.

How the Event Works

Part of what makes this event unique is that it is drive-in style. The patriotic, holiday-themed light show will take place at Durham County Memorial Stadium parking lot, and it will have accompanying music which you can play from your car radio.

It is a free event. However, registration is required. You need one reservation per car, and space is limited. Registration is already open, so you definitely want to act before there are no spaces remaining (Update - car spaces are already full).

You can either watch the show from your car or put up lawn chairs and watch from your seats. There is also the option of walking or biking to the show if you live close by, which I will discuss further below.

There are two showing dates for the laser light show, including July 3rd and July 4th. The show begins at 9 PM each night, rain or shine. If there is severe weather, the show may be pushed back to July 5th. The show is set to run for about 30 minutes total.

Updates Regarding Reservation

Upon checking on the Parks and Recreation website, the car reservation spots are already full. However, there is still availability for bikers and walkers who want to attend the light show.

For those who are biking or walking to the event, the one registration per group rule does not apply. Instead, you will need to register each person individually.

The car spots are now full, and there will be no tickets issued at the gate, so it seems the only way left to attend is if you can bike or walk to the location.

If there is a cancellation and they are notified, then they could potentially open that spot back up for a car. Athough, they do not state whether or not they plan to do that from what I could find through their website).

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Final Thoughts

There are so many different ways to celebrate various holidays, including the fourth of July. Whether you prefer to see a light show, watch the fireworks, cook a big meal on the grill, or simply enjoy a relaxing July fourth weekend, the most important part is that you are surrounded by those you love.

Remember to stay safe and be grateful for your loved ones this fourth of July weekend. I will leave you all with the following statement. Happy fourth of July, and if you live in the Durham area, don't forget to check out the laser light show!

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